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Joy Behar clarifies The View’s retirement rumors

She’s not looking for a new perspective.

Joy Behar’s rep has denied rumors that the star will be leaving The View before her 80th birthday in October.

Rumors have been circulating that Behar’s three-year deal with ABC expires this summer, with the Independent Journal Review reporting that the veteran panellist could be preparing to announce her retirement “any day now.”

Joy Behar's three-year contract with ABC was rumored to expire this summer, ahead of her 80th birthday in October.
Joy Behar’s three-year contract with ABC was rumored to expire this summer, ahead of her 80th birthday in October.

“Fake news,” her rep told the Post on Tuesday, revealing that Behar has signed another three-year deal with ABC.

The new contract keeps them tied to the network until 2025.

It’s unclear how much money ABC spent on Behar, although it’s likely they paid the controversial comedian a hefty eight-figure sum.

The new deal aims to keep the star on the network until 2025.
The new three-year deal is set to keep the star on the network until mid-2025.
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Behar — who is the only original panelist to remain on The View — was reportedly paid $7 million a year as part of her previous three-year deal with the network.

The high-profile star could command even more now, as ABC is still fighting to fill Meghan McCain’s place on “The View,” nearly a year after the conservative commentator left the show.

There are currently only four full-time co-hosts of The View, with Behar appearing alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines. Ana Navarro appears once a week.

Behar, who hosts the show every Friday, also filled in when Goldberg was spectacularly banned from the show for two weeks in February for saying the Holocaust is not about race.

There are currently only four full-time co-hosts of "the view" with Behar alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines. She is pictured with Goldberg (left) and Haines (middle).
There are only four full-time co-hosts of The View, with Behar (right) appearing alongside Goldberg (left), Haines (center) and Hostin (not pictured).
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Rumors that Behar was leaving “The View” were sustained by the star.

The funny woman told reporter Ramin Setoodeh in 2020 that she was unlikely to sign a new contract with ABC in 2022.

“I have a three-year contract,” Behar told Setoodeh in his best-selling book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’. ”

“I can’t imagine staying longer [time]. That’s it! I might be wrong. When I’m so fabulous [2022] As I am now, I will think about it,” she added. “But the likelihood of that happening… You know, time flies. I am not a child.”

"The view" The cast is seen during the show's first season in 1997. From left: Star Jones, Joy Behar, Meredith Vieira, Debbie Matenopoulos and Barbara Walters.
Cast of “The View” during the first season in 1997. From left: Star Jones, Behar, Meredith Vieira, Debbie Matenopoulos and Barbara Walters.

Behar is one of the original panelists on The View, along with Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos and Barbara Walters. The show premiered in 1997.

Behar stayed with the program for 16 years before being released in 2013. She returned to the panel in 2015 and has spent the last seven years at the center of the show’s “Hot Topics” table.

The avowed liberal often declares her disdain for former President Donald Trump and has frequently made headlines for clashing with former co-host McCain.

However, Behar has continued to stay in the spotlight even without her conservative sparring partner.

Behar - a self-confessed liberal - frequently clashed with conservative commentator Meghan McCain. Producers couldn't find a suitable position to fill McCain's vacant spot for almost a year after her departure.
Behar – a self-confessed liberal – frequently clashed with conservative commentator McCain. Producers couldn’t find a suitable position to fill McCain’s vacant spot for almost a year after her departure.

Earlier this year, she infamously planted her face while walking on set to take her seat at the show’s table.

She also drew criticism when she was pictured without a mask at a fancy New York City restaurant just days after telling audiences she would be wearing a face covering in public spaces “indefinitely.”

https://nypost.com/2022/07/05/joy-behar-sets-record-straight-about-the-view-retirement-rumors/ Joy Behar clarifies The View’s retirement rumors

Emma Bowman

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